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Concert: Ceili at the Crossroads

June 6, 2015
2:00PM3:00PM
Rubloff Auditorium
Free with museum admission, registration required

Join us for a concert of traditional Irish music performed by an extraordinary group of world-class musicians, including fiddlers Liz Knowles (Riverdance; Michael Collins) and Liz Carroll, piper/flute player Kieran O’Hare, percussionist Jackie Moran, harpist Catriona McKay, vocalist and keyboard player Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill and Marty Fahey. The performance features music from the CD recorded to accompany the Art Institute of Chicago’s current exhibition, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840.  

The CD was created to illuminate and celebrate the musical influences at work in the 18th century in Ireland, and to sponsor new musical masterpieces inspired by the themes of the exhibition. Some of the music is from the ancient harp tradition, some carefully curated from the distant past by Liz Knowles, and some specially composed by Liz Carroll. Celebrate the Ireland of centuries past, where the crossroads was a meeting place, a place of frequent and vital social interactions: village dances (céilís), political speeches, sporting standoffs, and meetings large and small.  Enjoy this afternoon at the crossroads with us.

Reservations are required for this program—make your reservation today!


Ceili at the Crossroads is dedicated to the memory of Paul Johnston (1951–2014) of Killiney, County Dublin. Along with his brother Chris, Paul was a pioneering Irish furniture historian and a dear friend of the Art Institute's Department of European Decorative Arts. With his depth of knowledge and generous spirit, he contributed immeasurably to Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840. He is dearly missed.


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